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Resource ID: #18815
Subject: Emergency Medical Services
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Date: April 1, 2



The Plain Dealer reports on how hospitals in Greater Cleveland are shutting out ambulances, and justifying the so-called "diversion" with nursing shortages and the closings of two big hospitals in the area. A database created from handwritten logs kept by emergency dispatchers reveals that in fact, "logjams ... coincided with hospitals' lucrative surgery schedules." The diversion problem has hit inner-city and low-income residents the worst. Some are forced to travel long distance to suburban emergency rooms.

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